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U of L women's basketball star still in hospital after collapsing during game

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Doctors are still trying to figure out why U of L women's basketball star Antonita Slaughter collapsed during Tuesday night's game.

At the U of L and across the city, those who know Slaughter are waiting for answers and praying for a quick recovery.

It was a frightening scene as Slaughter collapsed near the Cardinals' bench and went into convulsions. The arena fell almost silent as she was wheeled from the court.

Slaughter was taken to Jewish Hospital where, coach Jeff Walz says, she is still undergoing tests.

"She was in good spirits. She said she was feeling better. Now, like I said, it's just anticipating, trying to find out what's going on and why something like that happened to her, and then what we can do to make sure it never happens again," said Walz.

Before she was a star at U of L, Slaughter was a super-star at Christian Academy of Louisville; a member of the thousand-point club.

Her former coach says Slaughter never showed any sign of a health problem.

"[She] Always did everything we asked - the running, the hard play, the physical. She never had a problem. She was never out of condition. She never really had to push herself too much," said CAL girls basketball coach Don Rice.

Rice says Slaughter continues to serve as a role model for young athletes at the school.

During a home basketball game Tuesday night, as word of the incident spread, the school stopped to pray.

"We want to be there with her and support her as much as we can. And, for us, that's prayer. We've been getting phone calls and, of course, people are worried about her. And that's what we're saying, just pray for her. Pray for her family," said CAL Athletic Director Darin Long.

Right now, for everyone, it's just a waiting game.

"First and foremost, we care about Antonita as a person and her health and want to make sure she's taken care of," said Walz.

"There's a lot of people out there giving a lot of prayers for her," said Don Rice.

Coach Walz says he hopes to know more by the end of this week.

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